Brigadier S P Navathe,deputy commandant,College of Military Engineering (CME),in a press conference on Thursday said that they have initiated a court of inquiry against the two young officers of CME Capt V Advait and Lt A B Pandit. The inquiry is expected to be completed by February 20.
We are considering all aspects in the inquiry and whoever is found guilty will be punished as per the provisions of Army Act 1950, he said. The inquiry committee is headed by a colonel along with two others whose names were not revealed.
He,however,refused to divulge what could be maximum punishment under the Army Act. He also refused to answer whether the army would hand over the young officers for investigation.
Brig Navathe said the CME will hence forth think before sending the Quick Response Team (QRT) to the spot in such situations as people panicked after seeing large number of armed officers at Alka chowk. We shall not carry arms in such situations, he said. Brig Navathe claimed that Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Zone I,Dnyaneshwar Phadtare,had called the Pune sub-area police to inform him about the alleged fight at the Sambhaji police chowky and requested to send the QRT to bring the mob under control.
However,Makarand Ranade,deputy commissioner of police (special branch),denied that they had asked for the QRT. There is no question of asking for their QRT,we have our own team. When our control room got a call about the ruckus at Alka chowk,we called up the sub area officers as per the procedure.
While DCP Phadtare agreed that they had called the Army authorities to send their officers to handle the situation,he said they had not asked so many personnel that gathered at the Alka Chowk. We shall continue our investigation and the case details will be given to the military police after its completion. he said.
Arjun Sankude,senior police inspector with Vishrambag police said,We have recorded statements of some media persons and cops in the matter.